February 3, 2014

CSL recognized for responsible ship dismantling

NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of organizations seeking to prevent dirty and dangerous shipbreaking practices worldwide, has published a complete list of ships that were dismantled around in the world in 2013. End-of-life vessels contain toxic materials such as asbestos, heavy metals, PCBs and organic waste within their structures. Of the 1,213 large oceangoing vessels that were scrapped in 2013, 645 were sold to substandard beaching facilities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. However, other shipping companies are showing their seriousness about responsible dismantling as part of their environmental policies. For example, NGO Shipbreaking Platform noted that Canada Steamship Lines has taken the additional step of having its ships dismantled (and recycled as much as possible) within Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries only.

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